VPN on Linux ... Good or Bad?

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VPN on Linux ... Good or Bad?

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Hi, I was offered a PureVPN life-time licence, installed PureVPN on my Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 computer. The rather long-winded instructions gave me a Gateway Address ny1-ovpn.purevpn.net. The vpn connects okay but being inquisitive I wondered if there was an Gateway list of addresses that would inform me where my Gateway address was taking me. A list of Gateway addresses would be helpful.
Can anyone point this noobie in the right direction please?

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Re: VPN on Linux ... Good or Bad?

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A VPN is good at Encrypting your internet connection however websites can tell if you are connected to the VPN http://iphub.info/

depending on your needs or wants a VPN may or may not make sense

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Re: VPN on Linux ... Good or Bad?

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jonnymoon96 wrote:A VPN is good at Encrypting your internet connection however websites can tell if you are connected to the VPN http://iphub.info/

depending on your needs or wants a VPN may or may not make sense
I'm really, really new to using a VPN and admit I don't really understand (except for security) the reason to use a VPN.
I do communicate with friends and family all over the globe and must admit that because of the threat of listening ears like
NSA, MI6 and other such like organisations, I am always aware of what conversations to cover. Not that I or my friends would be a threat to
anyone, not at all. My biggest reason is to stop viruses and dangerous malware from infecting my computer and me passing it on to others.
Since I wrote my original posting I have been reading up on VPN usage and so I guess that with time and a little effort I will gain enough
knowledge to feel confident using my newly acquired toy, although it's not so easy when your nearly 70. :)

Thanks for your reply.

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Re: VPN on Linux ... Good or Bad?

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gael33 wrote:[My biggest reason is to stop viruses and dangerous malware from infecting my computer and me passing it on to others.

gael
VPN won't do squat in that case, if you visit dodgy sites, open dodgy links or download willy nilly then a VPN is as much use as a chocolate teapot :-) The best insurance against malware etc is YOU adopting sensible computing habits, Only install from trusted sources, don't download anything if you don't trust the source or it looks a bit dodgy, don't click links randomly, it's common sesne more than anything and after a while becomes second nature

Have a browse through these, the subject of malware and virus on linux comes up quite often, there's plenty of links within these threads that are handy to read too

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=206674

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=195750

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=184834

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=184755

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=177117

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=172773

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